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USS Warren (APA-53)
International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Sumter Class Attack Transport
Laid down, 19 April 1942, as SS Jean Lafitte, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-E1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 415), at Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL.
Launched, 7 September 1942
Assigned to the Navy as a Naval Transport (AP-98) and renamed Warren
Reclassified as Attack Transport (APA-53), 1 February 1943
Acquired by the Navy and placed in partial commission for transit to her conversion yard, 19 February 1943
Decommissioned, 10 March 1943
Converted to an Attack Transport at Key Highway Plant, Bethlehem Steel Corp., Baltimore MD.
Recommissioned USS Warren (APA-53), 2 August 1943, CDR. William A. McHale, USNR, in command
During WWII USS Warren was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17);
TransDiv Thirty-Six, CAPT. G.W. Johnson USN (18) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls (Roi and Namur), 31 January to 8 February 1944
Leyte landings, 16 to 22 October and 14 November 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 20 to 25 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 2 to 15 January 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 5 September to 14 October 1944
Following World War II USS Warren was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|13 to 29 September 1945||2 to 11 October 1945
| ||6 June to 8 August 1946
Decommissioned, 14 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission at Mobile, AL, 1 August 1946 for disposal
Sold to Waterman Steamship Co., 10 February 1947, for $957,818.00, renamed SS Arizpa
Converted to a container vessel for Sea-Land Service, 13 May 1965
Operated by Litton Industries Leasing Corp, Wilmington, DE., 1966 through 1976
Operated by Reynolds Leasing Corp, Wilmington, DE., 1976 through 1979,
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 September 1977, scrapped at Brownsville, TX.
USS Warren earned five battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 13,910 t.(fl)
Length 468' 9"
Draft 23' 3"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 1,300 DWT
non-refrigerated 170,000 cu. ft.
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 8,575 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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|USS Warren (APA-53)
Joseph Warren—born on 11 June 1741 at Roxbury, Mass.—graduated with distinction from Harvard College in 1759. After a year as headmaster of the Roxbury Grammar School, he entered the medical profession and later practiced as a physician in Boston. There, he became interested in politics and formed an early association with the firebrand Samuel Adams. As the break in relations between the colonies and Great Britain approached, Warren abandoned his medical practice to enter military service. While still in Boston, he dispatched William Dawes and Paul Revere on their famous nocturnal rides to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of approaching British troops on 18 April 1775. Elected a major general by the provincial congress on 14 June, Warren went out to Bunker Hill to look over the defenses shortly before the British attack on the afternoon of 17 June 1775. Although he consistently refused to take command, claiming that he would take part in the battle only as a volunteer, Warren eventually tried to exert leadership in rallying the colonial militia at Breed's Hill. Unfortunately, he was shot and killed by a British soldier while engaged in the attempt. (US Naval Historical Center)
Image from: American Revolution.com
||USS Warren (APA-53 underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS Warren (APA-53 at Hampton Roads, 23 August 1943, her decks crowded with a landing craft and antiaircraft guns.
US National Archives photo # (80-G-78655, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center web site
| Merchant Service
Waterman SS Corp.
||Ex-USS Warren (APA-53) (far left) in commercial service as the Waterman Lines SS Arizpa working cargo at Bremen, Germany, c. 1957
||SS Arizpa on the Weser River, approaching Bremen, Germany, March 1962.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
||SS Arizpa in Waterman Steam Ship Co. colors, moored in a US- Gulf port., date unknown.
Originally copyrighted by Alex Duncan
USS Warren (APA-53)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. McHale, William Alfred||2 August 1943 - 30 October 1944|
|02||CDR. Stokes, Elmer Sydney||30 October 1944 - 14 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 4 October 2014
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